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Why You Should Recreate Shots From Films

7/01/2022 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Everyone's favourite lighting exercise - recreating shots from films! But is it actually useful? Rob Ellis would say yes - any practice is good practice - but when it comes to painstakingly recreating a shot from a film perfectly, he thinks it may be a little unhelpful, at least in the grand scheme of developing our own looks and practices. 

Instead, taking influence from a film's lighting or composition and making it your own can be far more beneficial when creating an image. We're simply using these influences as a base, tweaking them for own scenarios - and since we're not going for a perfect recreation - we're inadvertently adding our own touch and vision. Therefore, creating our own image, with it's own look. 

About  Rob Ellis:

 I’m a cinematographer from the South West of England, UK, specialising in professional, cinematic video. I love producing unconventional, creative work and my efforts range from music videos, to short film, to promotional content for shops and companies.. Let's Get Connected: | Facebook | Instagram

Text, image and video via  Rob Ellis | Lighting with Colour mini course